1986: School and Community Library
Our library building was once the Waikaraka Church which was built on the Edwards farm in 1925, using voluntary labour and materials contributed by local families. Although voluntary materials and work covered most of the costs, one hundred and forty pounds was still needed to complete the work. The money was raised by means of five pound debentures and tennis afternoons held on nearby courts. In 1985 the church was generously given by the Waikaraka Church Trustees to the children of Whangarei Heads School and community members for use as a library. The original church area is used as the school library and an extension was later added on which now services the community with a fine range of adult books.
Our library is situated on the school grounds, directly behind the new building. It has continued to operate successfully over the last 25 years, with a fine range of books and resources, thanks to the Whangarei District Council who give an annual grant for the purchase of latest fiction and non-fiction books. We have also received grants from outside agencies, who over the years have supported us with funding. The Mobile Library Bus visits the school every 4 weeks which also enables us to rotate our stock, thus ensuring we have fresh reading material on offer. We gladly accept donations of books for our library.
The library is run on a voluntary basis and we welcome anyone who has an hour or two per week to help keep the library shelves tidy. The library has a very welcoming feel and is a delightful and charming retreat. It is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday from 10am - 12noon and membership is free. Come along and see what we have to offer!